Speaking with Confidence: Finding Your Voice and Sharing Your Convictions

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Speaking with Confidence: Finding Your Voice and Sharing Your Convictions. The great trouble with many of us is that we do not believe enough in ourselves. We do not realize our power . Orison Swett Marden. S peaking with power and confidence Six key steps:. Confront your fears - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Speaking with Confidence: Finding Your Voice and Sharing Your Convictions

Speaking with Confidence:Finding Your Voice and Sharing Your Convictions

The great trouble with many of us is that we do not believe enough in ourselves. We do not realize our power.Orison Swett Marden

Confront your fears Experience your voiceInvolve your audienceStructure your thoughtsLearn to persuadeSpeak from the heartSpeaking with power and confidenceSix key steps:Confront Your FearsFear is the sand in the gears of life.Elmon E. YoderSources of fear: high stakes on the job obsession with perfection negative self-talk avoidance past traumaExperience Your VoiceYour voice is your fingerprint.Lilyan WilderYour SOUND says as much as your WORDS.

Find and develop an inner voice that is - relaxed - easy to listen to - lively - convincing Your goal: Enlarged conversationInvolve Your AudienceTell me, and I might remember. Show me, and I might learn. Involve me, and its mine.--ProverbGet an IMMEDIATE RESPONSE ask a direct question describe a shared experience share a personal experience ask the audience to do something demonstrate something- appeal to the senses

Establish a Dialogue(Speak with rather than at your audience) Ask rhetorical questions Tell stories Distribute something Give orders (gently) Get physical Use the power of the pause Monitor audience response

Learn to PersuadeBy persuading others, we convince ourselves.--Junius Think of your audience as they rather than it Ask yourself several key questions: Who am I talking to? What do I want to say to them? Why do I think they need to hear this from me now? What do I want them to do? Take a certain action? Change an attitude? Reflect on a problem in a certain way?

Provide Convincing EvidenceYour case is only as strong as the evidence you present.Supporting evidence comes from four primary sources:Your own experienceThe experiences others share with youThe results of your own researchThe logic of your own reasoningStructure Your ThoughtsIf you dont know where youre going, how can you expect to get there?J.M. BraudeO.K. So youve got their attention invited and received a response made a connection established rapport developed a persuasive purposeNow what?Follow a simple, 3-step plan to deliver your message:BEGINNING (Tell them what youre going to say) - Catch their attention / get a response - Preview whats to come

MIDDLE (Say it.) - Present your 3-5 major points (not too many!) - Support and/or illustrate each one - Include ethos (credibility), logos (logic), and pathos (emotion)

END (Tell them what you said) - Summarize/cement your main points - Close with a memorable thoughtMost of all

Speak From the Heart

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared towhat lies within us.Ralph Waldo EmersonYour turn!The 30-Second Elevator SpeechImagine this:

You are in Juneau to promote your local harbor.Youre staying at the Baranof Hotel. From the lobby you step into the elevator.The only other person in it is a key legislator from your districtwho has the power to help youor not.

While you have his/her undivided attention, seize the opportunity!Think of two important reasons why your harbor is valuableto your community, and the state of Alaska.

Share your reasons. Be persuasive. Speak from the heart.